CHESTNUT HONEY: It is the unifloral honey that the bees make from the nectar of chestnut tree flowers. In Italy, chestnut tree, was one of the biggest sources of food in the past times. Chestnut honey is a real miracle for your health: rich in trace minerals and iron, vitamins B and C, Chestnut Honey strengthens muscles, blood circulation, regulating, liver and stomach, relieving fatigue, strengthens the immune system. Chestnut Honey brings positive effects to the respiratory and digestive systems in fact an old remedy for cough that every italian child has tried in life, is to drink a glass of warm milk (can be also oat or rice milk) with a spoon of chestnut honey before going to bed. Chestnut honey contains a high proportion of fructose that resists crystallization and a relatively low acidity.
COLOUR: It is dark amber in colour, with reddish hues reminiscent of agate.
TASTE: It has an intense, penetrating plant aroma which is pungent and aromatic
It is slightly bitter (due to its low glycaemic index), it is astringent and slightly tannic on the palate, with notes of cocoa beans, carob beans and tobacco.
HOW TO USE IT: It is excellent with cheeses (Stracchino, Ricotta, blue cheese, Pecorino), with nuts or with hearty meat dishes. Try it the Tuscan way; as an appetizer, drizzled over a piece of Pecorino Toscano with some fresh pears. Very good also as breakfast on a dark nuts bread with butter or fresh cheese.
It’s still made by bees but they’re not the only insects involved.
Forest honeys have the same standard health benefits but they also have some extras that up the ante. Forest honey is also known as honeydew honey. Instead of gathering nectar from flowers, when making forest honey, bees collect honeydew from trees. Aphids eat tree sap, looking for amino acids. Once they’ve got what they need, they secrete what’s leftover back onto the tree. That sugary secretion is called honeydew. The bees collect the honeydew and take it back to their hive where it is transformed into honey
Forest honey is less vulnerable to crystallization than regular honey. This is because it has lower glucose levels and a higher mineral content. Forest honey contains a higher antioxidant, antibacterial activity level, mineral content and greater nutritional and therapeutic benefits than most regular flower honey.
COLOUR: Forest honey tends to be darker in colour and it isn’t as sweet as flower honey. TASTE: Forest honeys tend to have stronger, bolder, more distinctive flavours with spicy and bitter undernotes (less than chestnut honey).
HOW TO USE IT: Forest honeys are often prized by chefs because of how beautifully they pair with certain foods, especially meats and cheeses as for chestnut honey.
Acacia honey has potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It may aid wound healing and improve acne.
COLOUR: light amber colour, almost transparent
TASTE: flower-like aroma and sweet
HOW TO USE IT: It is commonly used as a sugar substitute in baking, to sweeten your tea, coffee, or spread on bread.ù
WILD FLOWERS HONEY:
Wildflower honey is the honey that at best expresses the richness and uniqueness of an area, summed up by the bees in a beautiful harmony of colour and flavour. Our wild flowers honey is sweet and tasteful due to the richness in variety of wild flowers.
HOW TO USE IT: Popular as a sugar substitute in baking, to sweeten tea and delicious spread on bread. Wild Flower Honey’s delicate flavour will not overwhelm other ingredients.